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Scene Standoff: Sound of Music vs. Rocky

The opening number in the 'Sound of Music' where Julie Andrews sings the title track vs. Sly Stallone's Rocky Balboa training for his big fight to the song 'Gonna fly now'.

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'The Sound of Music' - The Sound of Music

The hills really are alive in this scene where we meet Julie Andrews' Maria and her joyous vocal performance entrances us. A scene that is sung across the land and is still so relevant in pop culture today.

- Gareth's pick

Training Montage - Rocky

Rocky Balboa begins his intense training for his big fight that will ultimately concede the movie. In one of the most memorable cinematic montages of all time he punches meat, runs through markets and climbs the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

- Ellis' pick


Ellis - italics

Gareth - bold


When you think about it, it's quite a similar set up for each. They're both at the top of something with their arms in the air.

That's very true. For very different reasons. With Rocky obviously Sylvester Stallone is doing a whole bunch of training but Julie Andrews' performance is beautiful.

I think these are probably on a par you know!

SOUND OF MUSIC - 8/10 ROCKY - 7/10


In my opinion, the training montage in Rocky is more necessary than the fight. It shows his dedication.

At the beginning of the montage he's not ready for the fight, but by the end of it we know he is.


And arguably, I don't know if the scene is that important in The Sound of Music.

The film would still work without it.

Yeah. It wouldn't be as good but it would work. It's just basically telling you what the title is.

SOUND OF MUSIC - 4/10 ROCKY - 10/10


This is going to be tight to the top. Both have been referenced for decades. The soundtrack for The Sound of Music was in the Top Ten in the 60's for three or four years.

That song is sung by people all the time. But then the moment with Rocky at the top of the museum steps...people do that all the time.

Sometimes when I get to the top of the stairs I do it.

I wonder how many people have stood on those steps at the Philadelphia museum of art and replicated that Rocky moment. I bet it's hundreds of thousands of people.

SOUND OF MUSIC - 10/10 ROCKY - 10/10

POPULARITY (using Letterboxd for reference)

This is where we separate the wheat from the chaff.

Yes! Obviously this is an average rating of the whole film not just the scene.

Well, Sound of Music is a 4.0.

No way! You're not going to believe this...Rocky is a 4.0 as well.

So we're nearly on for a draw here right?

It's all down to the final category.



On a scale of Haribo sweets, how iconic are these scenes? Foam hearts are up there as one of the most iconic, for example.

For Rocky, I'm going to go for the cola bottle. You had the original, and then there's loads of variations: the fizzy one, the giant one, the cherry one. But none of those are more iconic than the original.

And do you know what, I'm going to go for a cherry. So I think this battle might be a draw.

I think it is, taking them both through.

SOUND OF MUSIC - cherry ROCKY - cola bottle



Sound of Music 1-1 Rocky

So yes, both Sound of Music and Rocky make it through to the next round. Our first draw and hopefully the last but these two are just inseparable.

Julie Andrews' performance is second to none and without the training montage in Rocky, the title character's arc wouldn't feel completer; because it's that scene that shows an audience how much he wants it.

Both films can be referenced an equally brilliant amount, often without needing to say a single word. And now both locations, whether as general as a hill, or as particular as the museum, are associated with those scenes.

Andrews vs Stallone: now there's a fight we never thought we'd see. And who will they face next? Only time will tell.

Current Standings: G - 2 E - 3



Both The Sound of Music and Rocky are available to rent or buy now.

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